Counseling Center & Student Services

2nd Semester 2017 Schedule Change Request Form ​

For 10th and 11th Grade Families:
Design Your Future: Explore Options for High School and College Credit
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 in the CHS Auditorium
Topics will Include:
Graduation Requirments, Class Selection, Options to Earn College Credit, Work Experience/Career Internship, and TBA Career Tech Center/MTA

Academic Assist./Tutoring

Academic Assistance Services

For academic assistance information at Central High School, please contact: 

Tutoring Services

  • CHS offers free after school tutoring from 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the school library for math on Mondays and Wednesdays and for science on Wednesdays. For information regarding transportation, call 231.933.3570.
  • PDF DocumentTutor List - A list of tutors is compiled for you as a courtesy service of TCAPS. Certified teachers included on this list have indicated an interest in tutoring and have been reviewed by the TCAPS human resources staff. We recommend that you interview tutors to determine if they fit your needs and to make individual arrangements directly with the tutor. 

Additional Counseling / Student Services

  • For additional assistance, please visit the school counseling office or call 231.933.3560.

Student Assistance

For student assistance information, please contact our school social workers below:

Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP)

Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is a program administered by Traverse City Area Public Schools that provides free supportive, education-related services to students, ages 3-20, who lack fixed, regular and adequate housing. STEP ensures the educational rights of families and youth as required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The STEP program works with eligible students who have lost permanent housing due to foreclosure, eviction, or reasons related to economic hardship to locate and coordinate available services based on each student’s individual needs. The goal of the program is to ensure school stability, remove barriers to full participation in their education, and support academic achievement while children are in residential transition. Visit the External LinkTCAPS STEP website for more information about the program and its services. 

For more information about STEP at Central High School, please contact 

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For Freshmen


Time Line for Freshmen

It's never too early to start preparing for what comes after high school:

  • External LinkVisit for college and career planning resources and to:
    • Make the most out of high school
    • Plan challenging high school courses
    • Find out why you should go to college
    • Become familiar with college entrance requirements.
  • Take EXPLORE®—a set of four tests that measure academic achievement; EXPLORE results can be a benchmark before taking PLAN® and the ACT® test.
  • Review EXPLORE results with your parents and school counselor.
  • Start thinking about reasons for attending college.
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities.
  • Attend summer camp at a college to experience a college-like atmosphere.
  • Continue/start saving for college.
  • Research college costs.
  • Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year.
  • Explore careers on the Internet by using DISCOVER®

Counseling & Student Services Staff


Kelly Gignilliat Admin. Assistant 231.933.8698
Judy Pratt Receptionist 231.933.3560
Ben Lantz Academic Assistance 231.933.3570
Kim Fleming Counselor (A-Hai) 231.933.3561
Brandee Ludka Counselor (Haj-Pen) 231.933.3563
Tom Passinault Counselor (Peo-Z) 231.933.3562
Diane Burden School Social Worker 231.933.3523
Andrea Ballast STEP Transition Specialist 231.933.3534